My favourite was the one that was literally named "Ponzicoin" and people were surprised and upset when they took the money and ran.
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My favourite was the one that was literally named "Ponzicoin" and people were surprised and upset when they took the money and ran.
I'm not 100% sure I'd trust advice on how not to get caught from someone currently serving time.
I dunno whether to make a reference to Psycho-Pass or the judge computer from the pilot of Blake's 7.
And just when I thought those college campus consent to sex forms couldn't get any stupider, techbros found a way.
To be fair BJ is one of those special class of people who would try to breathe flourine if Obama ever said he liked oxygen.
Ramp-up time on a nuclear plant means, like renewables, it's running already. Gas is generally the one that's most variable for changes in marginal demand, barring some contribution from pumped storage to balance the load a bit (or STOR if they need more power even faster than that).
It's to disallow the possibility of someone getting a hold of the list of who voted for whom and putting a brick through the windows of anyone who voted against their preferred candidate.
I got a skiing jacket over in france once with a little pocket in the left sleeve that you can slip a card into. I think it's meant for ski lift passes, but it's fantastic for keeping my office keycard in and letting me just wave my arm at the door without getting anything out.
At least it was until we moved to a new office with the sensor to the right of the door instead of the left.
I honestly have trouble believing this guy is real and not a character sometimes.
Doesn't make me not want to grab popcorn whenever the subject comes up though.
I got a surface pro 4 with full-fat win10, but that was for a very specific purpose. I wanted a graphics tablet with the display on the drawing surface to upgrade from my old Bamboo Pen, and it was between that and the cintiq 13HD (which my old graphics card wouldn't support, and wouldn't be portable).
For the very specific combination of "runs full programs, preferably the same ones my desktop runs", "drawing surface on screen", "is portable" and "has a pen" it ticks the boxes for under a grand, the next nearest thing was that wacom companion thing at twice the price.
Oh boy, it's the "let's make things user-friendly by neutering or hiding all those confusing features" design philosophy that I hoped would die in the 90s.
It's not so much the grinding part as the fact that fishing coffee grounds out of the machine after you've used it is a royal pain in the arse and you don't want to clog the drains by tipping them down the sink.
I swear my potted plants have more coffee than compost at this point.
In any event, proving that a hidden partition exists for them to charge you with a crime for possessing, as opposed to you having to prove the partition doesn't exist, is pretty much the IT equivalent of Habeas Corpus.
Can you prove you HAVEN'T buried a body in the woods somewhere? If not, you're on the hook for murder because we're just going to assume there is because you live near some woods that you could possibly bury a body in.
And this right here is why I got me one of them single-cup boilers.
Something about the optimum number of paperclips springs to mind.
If you want to show up to a klan rally and need a ride, I'm not violating your rights if I refuse the use of my car. Simple as that.
I saw a fantastic rant on this subject that can be summed up simply as "you can't just be a weekend nazi".
You want to show up to a klan rally on saturday and go back to work on monday and stand around the watercooler like nothing happened?
If you don't want your life to be ruined by being seen throwing nazi salutes at a tiki-torch-waving far-right gathering and now nobody wants to associate with you or the rest of your citronella mob buddies, then maybe don't show up to a far-right gathering and throw nazi salutes in the street.
The question on my mind is whether the decision to sack him was made before or after it got leaked out on social media and the braying masses started to call for blood.
"send more paramedics..."
TOR is barely a step above security through obscurity, the equivalent of going out in a crowd in a plain hoodie and jeans. Sure, you'll avoid notice by most, you'll be pretty nondescript to any CCTV operators out there, but the moment you meet up in an underpass with three other behoodied guys, one of whom happens to be an undercover cop, your anonymity won't save you.
I'm reminded of the story a while back about the student who was looking after a house while the owners were away, answered the door to a Capita goon, and wound up being taken to court despite not being an actual member of the household, or even resident there. She just happened to be the poor chump who answered the door.
Have an upvote. I live in a satellite town and take the train in for a weekday commute. For travelling in en-masse with a few hundred other people who are all going from Specific Place A to Specific Place B, mass transit is perfect.
On weekends? Sucks to be me, the trains don't run frequently enough to get me into town on time. Nobody else is going in at 7am on a Saturday so it doesn't make sense to send an entire train either.
On night shifts? No such thing as an overnight return on scotrail, fork out for two singles even though it's literally the same as a dayshift worker's "go into work and back" just with AM and PM reversed.
If I want to visit the parents? Public transport is, according to google, three changes minimum and will take three hours, at god knows what cost, while hopping in the car will get me there in little over an hour with as much crap packed into the boot as I feel like carrying. Even heading into Glasgow, the instant I put a single person in my passenger seat, it becomes cheaper per person than paying rail fare. Another guy I know wanted to travel from Leeds to Birmingham for the bank holiday weekend. It was literally cheaper for two people to go to the airport and hire a car than it was to take the train.
All the ads and viral images I see scattered around the place along the lines of that one with a city street packed with cars and what it would look like if all those people took a single city bus or light rail seem to be oblivious to the idea that not all people are travelling to or from the same places or at the same times.
I once withdrew all my cash from a bank account (I took on a short contract job for a bank and the account came with the job), and THEN closed the account.
Not long after, I received a cheque for the accrued interest for 1p. I've still got it somewhere.
At a guess, I'd say part of the signal was reflecting off the water and onto the receiver, and this reflected beam would be out of phase with the main (direct) beam. At the right water level, this could make for some interesting interference patterns.
It's the difference between the government telling you you're not allowed to go to the pub, and Big Dave down at the Dog & Duck saying "get out, you're barred".
Sometimes I wonder whether a simpler analogy might get through the less tech inclined's heads about why backdoors are a bad idea.
Imagine passing a law that requires all locks sold in the UK be openable by a special government skeleton key that the police would have a copy of (and naturally only used when allowed to by law, trust us) for use in protecting the public and investigating terrorism and fighting crime and all that good stuff.
Shortly afterwards, some shady individual manages to snag a copy of the official key and uses it to burgle houses.
Meanwhile, actual criminals just prop a chair under the door handle.
I'm reminded of the time I took the overnight coach from Glasgow into Victoria, and was meeting someone at King's Cross at 11am. My coach got me in at around 6AM on a saturday morning in July, not a cloud in the air, so I figured I'd just walk it.
It was a really nice walk, the traffic hadn't got going yet, and the sights were better than anything I'd get from the inside of a tunnel.
The people I was meeting looked at me like I had two heads when we moved on and they found I hadn't bought a tube ticket yet.
I'd just assumed it was "Foreign Legal Authority" or something to that effect.
Reminded of seeing a grauniad article from some yuppie talking about avocados, that seriously asked the question of whether they'd become too cheap and accessible to be "aspirational".
The mortgage one is hilarious. When I was buying my first house, the bank told me at first that the computer didn't think I could afford the repayments month to month.
The fact that it was a clear £100/mo less than what I was paying in rent, that I was already paying and managing to save up for a deposit while paying, should have been self-evident that I could afford a smaller amount.
I seem to recall hearing about one local council running a pilot project for a traffic calming measure a few years back - rather than the usual speeding fines and accusations of using speed limits as revenue generation, the plan was to have the radars passively detect people travelling over the limit and instruct the lights half a mile up the road to go red.
Wonder how that would play with this system?
That last paragraph reminded me of an old Atari game where you had a grid of roads and could toggle the lights between N/S or E/W, with the goal of keeping the traffic going for as long as possible without getting backed up, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was called now.
I was wondering what all that was about.
All of this just leaves me wondering how bloody hard it is for manufacturers to include a little hardware switch to disable the damn thing entirely when it's not in use. God knows they love putting the wifi on/off switch on laptops in places you can hit it by accident.
I used to have a Cineworld Unlimited subscription, then I moved house. Now the cost of travelling to the cineworld obliterates any savings from the subscription. Cinema near me now is a Vue and they don't seem to have that offer available. Which is a shame, 'cause with the unlimited card I would quite happily go and watch whatever happened to be on, even things I normally wouldn't bother with (and certainly wouldn't pay full ticket price for) since I'd already paid.
When you factor in the fact that I could practically squeeze another entire movie in the time I'd spend sitting around travelling or waiting through trailers for the feature to start, now if I'm going to the cinema it's got to be for something I REALLY want to watch on the big screen.
I know a lot of people who effectively stopped pirating games when Steam and GOG arrived on the scene and made it convenient (or even just POSSIBLE) to get hold of games that were otherwise difficult or inconvenient to get hold of legally, especially in the "don't copy that floppy!" era.
Also a kodi box is just worth it for people who don't watch enough TV to justify the licence fee on top of a sky subscription. Hell, most streaming services work out cheaper than a TV licence, and give the option of watching what you actually want to without having to trawl through channel upon channel of whatever shite gameshows they're churning out as filler between the good stuff.
I get them at my desk sometimes. Thick indian accent identifying himself as "Angus Mcleod from Microsoft"
The only reason any of my family have got the 3DS is because for some godforsaken reason the 2DS was designed with that giant slab form factor that can't be closed and doesn't fit in a pocket. Nothing to do with the 3D.
The first thing that came to mind was the scene from Devil's Advocate when Keanu Reeves walks in on his manager shredding a load of documents.
The shock front moved at 3km/s, not the earth.
You don't get buildings blown over by ~770mph winds every time there's a loud noise.
Not to mention that running for STOR on a semi-regular basis will let them spot problems with the generators before they actually need them for real. If they fail during STOR, it's nowhere near the disaster that failing during an actual power cut would be.
Diesels aren't so dirty when you consider that you can turn them off when you're not using them. Considering the alternative of keeping conventional plant idling 24/7 "just in case" you need to turn it on at a moment's notice, the fact that a diesel engine is only producing emissions when you absolutely need it makes a big difference.
Most STOR usage isn't diesel anyway, it's far more common for them to run gas CHPs (usually industrial greenhouses) or turn off the freezers at cold storage warehouses for a couple of hours.
Trying to compare peak load generation to base load generation is like trying to compare a hatchback to a lorry - if you were going to transport fifty tonnes of goods the length of the country, you'd be better off using a lorry than a hundred hatchbacks, but by the same token it'd be woefully inefficient to use a lorry to pick up your weekly shopping.
Give me a smart watch with anything close to the battery life of a dumb one and I might be interested, otherwise it's no good to me as a watch and will never do the "smart" stuff as well as my phone.
That said, even my phone isn't as good as my old C12 at actually, you know, making voice calls.
News of another ring getting busted would be a great time to shut up shop and let people assume that they must have been one of the people who were caught.
When she showed up with that grey suit and the pearls all I could see was Mallory Archer.
When I briefly worked for RBS, every transaction I performed with online banking would generate me a code, for which I'd have to insert my card into a reader, enter my PIN and the code, and the reader would spit me back an auth code.
Bit of a pain in the arse if I want to use online banking and I've not brought my widget with me though.
I'm wondering how long it'll take before someone winds up chasing one over someone's back fence in a castle doctrine state or something.
To be fair to him, I watched that interview with Gove. He was cut off towards the end of his sentence, but he didn't say "the general public are sick of experts", he said "the general public are sick of experts getting it wrong".
So presumably referring to all the people banging on about how the Euro was gonna be a great thing and Britain was going to be left behind by not joining and so on and so forth, who were mysteriously quiet when the euro crisis happened in... just about exactly the way that other commentators (who were largely ignored the first time around) said it would.
So it's more of a swipe at Heseltine (who's been pro-Europe in precisely the wrong places for the last two decades) than a general anti-intellectual statement.
Have an upvote. That last part is especially true - pretending that public opinions outside of the mainstream don't exist, or sweeping them under the carpet and calling them fringe bigots or whatever, is exactly what drives otherwise reasonable people towards the fringe parties.
Remember the outcry when Yorkshire voted in a BNP MEP? The establishment response was to scream and stamp their feet and call an entire county nazis while not actually bothering to look into what caused them to vote the way they did. UKIP, on the other hand, who were barely a footnote in british politics back then, moved into the position of "hey we'll represent you on this issue so you don't have to go for the COMPLETE racist lunatics" and suddenly seemed a much more attractive option. Basically ate the BNP's lunch in the process.
If Brown had allowed a referendum on the Lisbon treaty like he promised, when anti-EU sentiment hadn't reached the boiling point it has in recent years, one of the biggest pieces of ammunition the leave campaign had, that it was undemocratic and that it didn't have a mandate, that we'd voted for a trade union and not a political one, would have been invalid.
Dismissing people and calling them fringe lunatics or whatever other smear you can come up with doesn't magically make their concerns go away. All it does is make them ensure you're not in earshot before voicing them to whoever WILL listen.
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